Hopi Food and Farming Expo set for Jan. 22

UPPER MOENKOPI, Ariz. - An exhibit of historic Hopi photos circa 1890-1970 will be unveiled by the Hopi Natwani Coalition at a unique one day expo on Jan. 22 at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn. They will focus on the heritage of dry farming that has been the staple of Hopi life on the mesas for a thousand years. The photo exhibit will remain on public display at the Legacy Inn for the coming year with workshops and tours to village gardens, personal corn fields, and meals in Hopi homes will be offered throughout the year.

The workshop, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include presentations by noted Hopi authorities. The expo will include demonstrations from groups that will provide a look into Hopi agriculture and give insight into the significance agriculture has in Hopi culture and history. The day will include dance performances, a sampling of traditional Hopi foods, and an opportunity to meet and interact with all presenters.

It is guaranteed to be a day full of learning and fun. Reservations for the workshop can be made now.

Anita Poleahla is Aaswungwa (Mustard Clan) from Sitsom'ovi and will be representing the Mesa Media enterprise, a non-profit organization established to revitalize the Hopi language in order to ensure that Hopi culture persists for centuries to come. Mesa Media has produced educational materials on Hopi agriculture in Hopi and English. Anita speaks fluently in First Mesa dialect and was raised in a traditional Hopi household.

Indigenous peoples have developed specialized farming techniques throughout the western hemisphere, ranging from dry farming to the specialization and cultivation of diverse types of heirloom seeds. This specialized traditional knowledge has allowed them to sustain the land and themselves for many years. Indigenous peoples have created a way of living in which they depend on each other as families and communities for survival and livelihood. Lillian Hill, Hopi, will present the Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture heritage of cultivating orchards.

Steven Lomadafkie is the greenhouse manager at the Moenkopi Day School. He will discuss the unique programs that connect Hopi youth with their heritage. "I am thankful to be these children's instructor in this wonderful school. I have motivation, enthusiasm, and creativity to allow me to adapt with these students in their environment," he said.

Beatrice Norton, Matt Livingston, and Max Taylor will present the Hopi Cookbook project that helps people understand Hopi traditional foods, appreciating spirituality and special techniques, best practices in both growing, gathering crops as well as enhancing and sustaining transfer of traditional customs in Hopi food exchange during ceremonies. Noosiwqa (food) preparation, origins, nourishment, medicinal uses, cultural exchange, gathering traditions, and how food is valued in Hopi culture is the focus of this new cookbook.

The difference between Hopi and non-Hopi tobacco will be presented by E. Kalemsa who works with the Hopi Tobacco Education and Prevention Program. They provide prevention education to all the local schools and communities on the Hopi Reservation and are also involved with the special diabetes program. The program also does presentations on the dangers of commercial tobacco, and the benefits of traditional tobacco.

Reservations are limited and may be made by contacting the Moenkopi Legacy Inn at (928) 283-4500. There is no charge for the program. Additional details are available at

www.ExperienceHopi.com.

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